Meizu M1 Note (Blue Charm) is really just a large iPhone 5c wannabe, hands-on photos prove it

Meizu M1 Note (Blue Charm) is really just a large iPhone 5c wannabe, hands-on photos prove it
Meizu earlier this month announced the M1 Note, aka Blue Charm Note, a new 5.5-inch handset that offers an impressive list of features for only $160 (16 GB version). The handset is made mainly for the Chinese market, where competition is tougher than ever (Xiaomi’s meteoric rise has certainly forced older manufacturers to rethink their strategies).

Even before its announcement, we suspected that the new Meizu smartphone would look a lot like Apple’s iPhone 5c, and we were right to do so. The M1 Note was recently caught in the wild, and photographed next to Apple’s plastic-made iPhone. As you can see below, Meizu copied even tiny details from the iPhone 5c, although, of course, there are also differences: the screen-to-body ratio is clearly in M1 Note’s favor, the rear cameras have different positions and aspects, and the iPhone 5c has a 3.5mm headset jack at the bottom (while the M1 Note features one on the top). Also worthy of mention is that Meizu’s smartphone comes in exactly the same colors that the iPhone 5c has: blue, green, pink, white, and yellow.

Although, as we said above, the M1 Note is first and foremost targeted at the Chinese market, the handset is featured on Meizu’s international website. Does that mean it’s going to be sold in other countries at some point? We’re not sure yet, but we’ll definitely let you know when we find out.

sources: ePrice, Meizu



1. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Yeah, it just gives you three times better specifications.

3. Rydsmith unregistered

With a bloated OS that needs it to run smoothly.

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And ios8 isn't bloated?

9. Rydsmith unregistered

Far from it. It runs very smoothly on 1 GB of RAM due to the strong optimization of iOS and the hardware while Android is almost the exact opposite. I use an LG G3 and iPhone myself depending on my mood and I must admit that with skins and extra useless added "benefits" of OEM modifications that slow the phone down I just want to throw the phone across the room.

12. Smithy5995

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

iOS = optimised very well for the few phones and tablets running it with similar hardware specs Android = optimised as best as possible for hundreds of different phones ranging from low end specced phones to high end specced phones.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I dont know about best possible for hundreds of low end. Can it run on low end? Sure. But best possible is the WP, that thing make 512mb of ram feel like 1gb of ram. Just now was killing me that the S2 didnt have enough ram to run square app, without killing everything.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Have you ever wondered its probably because S2 might be running an archaic OS which was released 3 years ago ? I have no such issues with my Moto G running 4.4.4

24. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 290; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

iOS runs smoothly because it really doesn't do multitasking like what android does, but just look at the older devices running iOS it just crashes or hangs up really bad that you have reboot your iOS device

33. Leo_MC

Posts: 7178; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How does the iPhone handle multitasking?

7. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

It's not only about processor and RAM. It has better camera, better and bigger screen and so on.

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1055; Member since: May 27, 2011

I've been using the Meizu MX4 Pro in the past couple of weeks and I can assure you it runs very smoothly. In fact, it's so surprisingly good in so many aspects that I am seriously thinking making this my daily driver. Check it out if you get a chance. I'm also very fascinated to see the M1 Note, Meizu is doing some ground breaking engineering - notice the amazingly slim bezel around the screen. A subtle improvement that makes a world of a difference.

11. Busyboy unregistered

Victor, how would you say the battery life is on day to day usage? Screen on time? Thanks

13. Rydsmith unregistered

Victor, doesn't the MX4 Pro have a substantially higher price that rivals that of other flagships? (At least when I check their site). This I must ask, how are they doing anything "ground breaking" when compared to LG G3 or HTC. Their prices for the flagships are the same and their performance sounds like they are the same. The low end is what I'm most interested in with performance. And as much as I really like Android, I cannot support this company that literally looks like they took everything from Apple from their phone looks to their site to buy the phones that looks almost the same.

15. Furbal unregistered

What network are you using it on? I am looking at getting a non Samsung or LG in 2015....

23. hallihallo.87

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Newbie ;) Hey Applesupport. I need to make a call. I can´t find my iCall app, Shall i buy some accessory???

39. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

not as bloated as the horrible iOS

4. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Considering how much iPhones are selling worldwide, people don't care about empty specs.

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

They just care about bitten apple on the back....

5. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

iphone 5c was released like in 2013. Your specs comparison is way off.

28. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

How is it cloned? because it has a plastic back and blue colour? The curves aren't even the same radius, camera isn't in the same place either. iPh0ne arena are you that dumb and blind?

34. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You're right it isn't a perfect clone, but it definitely is a copy

38. huhblub

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

I think they havent seen a Nokia..which apple copied.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's impeccable copying.

29. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Doesn't look the same. Curves are not the same radius, camera not even in the same spot. What because it has a glossy coloured back? seriously you guys

37. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dude, the buttons. The speakers holes. Screws by the charge port. Microphone hole. The glossy finish is just insult to injury. Yeah, there are a couple differences but this is way too similar to be coincidence.

42. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Does that make it a copy of a copy then? lololol.. Nokia was the first with glossy colours

14. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Zero shame, I would rather have an iPhone 5c then this crap

46. Z3R091 unregistered

Go buy that iCrap

47. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lel i said I would rather have, not that I would buy. I'm waiting for 2015 annoucements, my next phone will be a Galaxy S6, Xperia z4, LG G4, HTC M9.. something.

16. Guaire

Posts: 883; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

If you don't know meaning of clone.

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